While some healthcare plans cover 100 percent of certain treatments, most dental plans do not. In general, these insurance plans provide coverage that is more like discount coupons than like normal healthcare insurance. Many plans cover yearly X-rays and cleanings twice a year, however, it may come as a surprise that they do not cover the cost of fillings or other treatments. Most plans require a co-pay for treatments.
Be sure that dental insurance is the right choice for you before you buy your own plan. Often, people who employers do not provide dental coverage find that the cost of insurance far outweighs the out-of-pocket costs for the screenings and treatment they will need.
In many situations, insurers limit benefits for dental services to what they call "usual customary, and reasonable. Yet these companies grossly underestimate the actual costs for these procedures. Even people with dental insurance, therefore, are stuck paying hefty out-of-pocket fees to make up the difference.
Dental insurance classifies treatments
Most dental insurance policies break down services into three categories, which range from serious to routine. Those classifications determine how much the plan will cover. Most dental plans offer little coverage for the most serious procedures-leaving patients with expensive procedures to pay huge out-of-pocket costs. Routine treatments, such as fillings, are usually have partial coverage, generally around 70 percent. Screenings and cleanings, though, are usually covered by all dental plans.
Cosmetic treatments usually not covered
Dental insurance plans do not usually cover any of the costs of cosmetic treatments, unless one can prove that the procedure is medically necessary. The entire cost of such treatments must be borne by the patient.
The world of dental insurance can be both confusing and frustrating for many patients. Most dental insurance plans are not all-inclusive. Many are listed as "discount coupon" plans, where basic services are fully covered and other services may not be covered or may only be partially covered.
When it comes to getting some dental work done, be sure to complete your research so there are no surprises when it comes time to pay the bill. Make sure that your dentist has the knowledge to help you decide if a dental insurance policy is right for you. If you're frustrated by the choices you have, contact your dentist to discuss your various insurance options, your local dentist may have a solution catered specifically to you and your family's needs.